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Holiday events delight

ParadeofLightsPic2016KVFD offered a variety of holiday events during the month of December 2016.

StuffTruckPIc2016The festivities began with the annual Stuff-A-Truck event Dec. 4 that was organized this year by the KVFD Juniors. The teens collected unwrapped toys in Rescue 8 and donated them to the Kent Santa Fund to make the holidays much brighter for families and children in need in the town of Kent.

 

Santa Express returned Dec. 10 and Santa made more stops this year in Engine 5 around town to deliver SantaExpress2016presents this year. Excited children received the gifts during the special delivery.

 

On Dec. 18 the Parade of Lights traveled from the Kent Green, down Main Street to the KVFD Firehouse. The rain stopped to make way for the decorated vehicles to light up the night. Spectators lined up, braving a cold wind, to watch and cheer on the parade participants.

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Ice Watch returns for 2018

The wire is up and KVFD is ready for the 2017 Housatonic Ice Watch.

The wire is up and KVFD is ready for the 2018 Housatonic Ice Watch.

KVFD’s popular fundraiser, the Housatonic River Ice Watch will be back for 2018.

The annual Housatonic River Ice Watch is a game to guess when the ice on the river will melt each year. The clock begins ticking on Feb. 20. When the ice begins to melt and move down the river, the tripod goes with it. Once the tripod moves 100 feet from its starting point the clock will stop, the time is recorded and there is a winner. The deadline for submitting guesses, which cost $2, is midnight Feb. 19 each year. All guesses for when the river will melt must be between Feb. 20 at 12:01 a.m. and April 30 at midnight.  There is always a contest regardless of the ice. The game turns into a drawing of a ticket. During the past 40 years, there have only been eight drawings.

Tickets to make guesses are available for sale at a variety of locations around town. One prominent one is in the Kent Post Office. Look for the white boxes with the tripod on them. You can put your money and ticket with the guess right in the envelope and put it a box.

Volunteers were able to re-establish the wire across the river that is essential to the timer connected to the tripod. It was damaged several years ago.

The founder of the Kent Ice Watch was the late John Greene, the former publisher of the weekly newspaper, The Kent Good Times Dispatch. He first saw an Ice Watch in Alaska, where local residents watched the ice on their own river. He brought back this idea to Kent and started this fundraiser with KVFD. The Fire Department splits the total amount collected with the person who guesses closest to when the river melts.

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Hands Only CPR sessions offered

CPR_POSTERThe Kent Volunteer Fire Department offered a new version of CPR instruction that only involves hands, no mouth-to-mouth required. The sessions were held during the Kent Sidewalk Festival Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7. 

“Two Steps To Save A Life” is a 15-20 min hands only CPR course by the American Heart Association to teach anyone and everyone how to offer help should they witness a cardiac arrest.

EMTs Mary Ann Van Valkenburg and Jean Speck were on hand to provide instruction on this life-saving technique.

 

 

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105 years of service celebrated at Kent Firemen’s Ball

Members serve dinner during the 2015 Firemen's Ball.

Members serve dinner during the Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department celebrated  105 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball June 11, 2016 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

The event was held June 11 with the doors opening at 6 p.m. .

The 2016 event was catered for the second year by Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan.

For more photos, see the KVFD Facebook Page.

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Dance the night away at the Firemen’s Ball

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 2017 Firemen’s Ball on June 11 and is offering online ticket sales and table reservations this year.


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2017 Firemen’s Ball will be held Saturday, June 10

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen's Ball.

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating  106 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball  Saturday, June 10 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The building will once again be transformed for a night of dining and dancing. Everyone will want to get their tickets early. Tickets are $30 per person but $35 at the door. Tickets will go on sale the first week in May. The price includes dinner. You may bring your own beverages, mixers will be available.

Reservations are strongly encouraged Call 860-927-3080 (or email KVFDBall@kentfire.org) to reserve individual seats or a table of 10.

Tickets are also available by mail. Send a check to KVFD Firemen’s Ball, PO Box 355, Kent, CT 06757. Tickets will be held at the door. Please be sure to indicate that the check is for the Firemen’s Ball.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

Doors traditionally open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m.

There will be unique and interesting drawing baskets to take a chance on as well. There are lots of different prizes that are available during the “opportunity drawing.”

Members will work their decorating magic to turn the apparatus bays into a festive venue.

The evening is BYOB with setups available. For more information , email ball@kentfire.org.

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Kent Tower 1 now in service

After months of upgrades and training, Kent Tower 1 is officially in service today and ready to respond.

 

 

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2016 Ice Watch winner selected

The annual Housatonic River Ice Watch is a game to guess when the ice on the river will melt each year. Unfortunately in 2016 the fluctuating temperatures did not allow the Kent Volunteer Fire Department to get the tripod out on an ice-covered river and conduct the fundraiser in the traditional way.

Instead, all of the guesses were put together and a drawing was held Monday, March 7 at the regular monthly meeting of KVFD. The winner was drawn by Rob Kennedy and the winning guess was from Cecile Hartt of Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Hartt will receive one half, or $406.50, of the total $813.00 collected during the winter fundraiser.

KVFD thanks everyone who participated and purchased a guess!

 

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2016 Officers

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department officers for the 2016 calendar year are as follows, as elected by the membership:

Chief: Eric Epstein

President: Alan Gawel

Asst Chief: Gary Hock

Asst Chief: Wendell Soule

Ambulance Chief: Mike Petrone

Asst Ambulance Chief: Bonnie Donzella

Captain: John Russell

Captain: Tim Limbos

Lieutenant: Audra Petrone

Lieutenant: Jim Shaw

Secretary: Caralee Rochovansky

Treasurer: Jim Canning

Engineer: John Christen

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Parade of Lights and Stuff-A-Truck called successes

The Parade of Lights from December 2014 .

The Parade of Lights from December 2014 .

Kent Volunteer Fire Department held t its Stuff-A-Truck and Parade of Lights on the same day, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2016.

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The volunteers held Stuff-A-Truck to collect items to make the holidays a bit brighter for those less fortunate in the Kent community. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., toys and non-perishable food were collected for the Kent Santa Fund and the Kent Food Bank. Twenty five children received gifts through the effort.

Main Street was full of lights for the holiday season thanks to visiting fire departments and KVFD for the Parade of Lights. Trucks lined up on the Kent Green at 5:30 p.m. and began moving at 6, heading south on Main Street and then turning on Maple Street (Route 341) to finish at the KVFD firehouse.

Children were busy collecting candy thrown out on the street by many of the vehicles and floats.

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Fire Prevention Week observed

Fire Prevention Week was observed Oct. 4-10, 2015. Several volunteers joined Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan at Kent Center School this week. Fire safety and fire prevention messages were shared with the children, as they are every year.

Here are some images of the visit.
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